TPV car show makes lasting difference in the lives of Arizona veterans

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On Nov. 7 the Town of Paradise Valley hosted the 11th Annual Veterans Appreciation Car Show to invite residents to show off their classic cars and to raise money for two non-profits that are dedicated to helping veterans transition back into civilian life after service.

Approximately 1,000 people attended the event and raised $8,396 that will be evenly distributed between Sentinels of Freedom and Military Assistance Mission, according to Ed Winkler, the chairman for the Veterans Appreciation Car Show.

These funds will allow SOF and MAM to continue to provide housing, food and an education to the men and women who have served and who continue to serve our country.

Doors opened to the public at 8:30 a.m. for a car show featuring 145 classic cars.

At 11:30 a.m. the cars met at Town Hall to follow Paradise Valley Police on a tour of the town, ending at El Chorro for lunch.

Each year Paradise Valley residents are invited to dust off their classic cars – this year all of the vehicles were pre 1975 – and display them in front of the town for a registration fee of $50 that goes directly to SOF and MAM.

All overhead for the event is paid for by the Town of Paradise Valley and the event’s sole sponsor, Bell Ford, arrived the morning of the event to provide breakfast and refreshments for attendees. Mr. Ford gave all of the monetary donations it received for breakfast to SOF and MAM.

“It is our community’s way of giving back to the men and women who have given so much to our country,” said Paul Dembow, the vice mayor of Paradise Valley.

Editor's Note: Ms. Clark is a student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.

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